Genie+ Priorities at EPCOT

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We have crunched So. Many. Numbers. about Genie+. We know what availability looks like on pretty much any given day. We know how much time you can save at each attraction depending on the crowd level. We figured out what both of those things meant for overall time savings in a day. We even made a Genie+ stacking video with a Lord of the Rings mashup title on YouTube. Maybe you thought we were all Genie’d out.

But never fear! There’s one thing that we haven’t given you, and that’s a list of how to prioritize Genie+ attractions for the day. I will preface all of this by saying that I always recommend booking what you enjoy, but I enjoy math. So I want my list powered by data. You may see other priority lists pop up on Disney sites, based on various things like previous experiences or gut feel. But this one is supported by … EQUATIONS. Strap in and enjoy the ride.

Explain the Math!

We can rank the Genie+ attractions in each park in different ways. In this post, I am going to aggregate three of those different measures by averaging them. Easy peasy.

  1. Rank by average availability, ascending – the attraction in each park that usually sells out first will get rank 1, and the attraction in each park that has book now/ride now availability the most through the day will get the lowest rank.
  2. Rank by average time savings, descending – the attraction in each park where Genie+ usually saves the most time compared to standby will get rank 1, and the attraction in each park where Genie+ usually saves the least time compared to standby will get the lowest rank.
  3. Rank by attraction satisfaction, descending – the attraction in each park with the highest overall average satisfaction from the past two years will get rank 1, and the attraction in each park with the lowest overall average satisfaction from the past two years will get the lowest rank.

Ranking by availability and time saving is pretty easy, because we can pull that data from our most recent Genie+ analyses. You can find those results and how they were calculated here and here.

The rank by satisfaction is where I’m choosing to be a little tricky. At first, I used a straight rank from highest satisfaction through to lowest satisfaction (average of all satisfaction ratings from all demographics for the past two years). But after looking at the results, it didn’t really appropriately capture all of the complexity. It wasn’t fair to parks where several attractions had significantly higher satisfaction than all of the rest, or when one attraction has worse satisfaction by far than all the rest. So I created a linear regression where the top satisfaction score received a 1, and the lowest satisfaction score received the lowest possible rank (count of the Genie+ attractions in that park).  Then I used the resulting equation to convert the rest of the scores to a relative number between 1 and the worst possible rank.

Once I calculated all three ranks, then I averaged the three results and sorted from score that was closest to one all the way to the highest number. I used those averages to come up with the following prioritized list!

Prioritized List of EPCOT Genie+ Attractions

Top pick? Test Track. Easy.

1. Test Track

Availability Score = 1 out of 11

Time Savings Score = 3 out of 11

Satisfaction Score = 2.2 out of 11

This results shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that has tried to use Genie+ at EPCOT or has researched it before. Test Track has long standby waits, very poor availability (often selling out at or just after park opening), and is unreliable thanks to the weather. This makes it an obvious choice for what to book first if you’re using Genie+ at EPCOT. But keep in mind that it still only has the third-best average time savings of the current Genie+ offerings in the park. If time savings alone are more important to you (or if you have small kids), look at our next two entries.

 

Long waits, and a new addition to Genie+ means that we expect demand for Remy to be really high

2. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Availability Score = 2 out of 11

Time Savings Score = 1 out of 11

Satisfaction Score = 3.5 out of 11

At least for the summer, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will be joining the Genie+ lineup at EPCOT. This is a big deal and takes EPCOT from an “avoid using Genie+ here, absolutely not worth it” to a “well, strongly consider it if you can’t or don’t want to rope drop”. That’s thanks to what should be a lot more capacity, and now the opportunity to save a lot of cumulative time. We expect a Genie+ reservation to save you an average of 62 minutes compared to standby. We’ll keep an eye on that when it actually converts, but this is way ahead of the other two good time savers (49 minutes at Frozen Ever After and 30 minutes at Test Track).

 

Can’t ever not share this mom fail moment when I talk about Frozen Ever After.

3. Frozen Ever After

Availability Score = 3 out of 11

Time Savings Score = 2 out of 11

Satisfaction Score = 3.9 out of 11

Alright, alright. If you wanted to argue with my #1 pick because you’re a family with small kids, I’ll allow your argument. Frozen Ever After also used to be an Individual Lightning Lane, and for good reason. You can save massive amounts of time by using it, and probably your little kids aren’t eligible for Test Track anyway.

Realistically, we expect that Remy, Frozen and Test Track should all have similar demand and sell out around the same time, so you’re most likely going to have to pick one and then hope you can pick up the others when you’re first eligible, or with a sneaky refresh of availability or cancellation later in the day.

 

You might want to use Genie+ if you aren’t like this cool kid merrily skipping all of the way to the pre-show

4. Soarin’

Availability Score = 4 out of 11

Time Savings Score = 4 out of 11

Satisfaction Score = 1 out of 11

Thanks to its third theater, and the relative lower popularity of the “Around the World” version compared to the original, Soarin’ doesn’t usually generate the crazy standby lines that Test Track, Remy, or Frozen Ever After do. That means you can’t save as much time. It’s also available pretty much all day, other than on high crowd level days when it books up in the middle of the afternoon.

That being said, its satisfaction scores still totally annihilate the first three entries on this list. So while it might not be as important from a time savings perspective, you are definitely going to want to experience Soarin’ during your EPCOT day. Whether you’ll need Genie+ to do it is up to you. My personal take? I’d use Genie+ at Test Track, Remy and Frozen if possible, standby for Soarin’ unless it’s a crazy day, and then start stacking for another park.

 

Mission: SPACE
Apparently even we don’t ride Mission: SPACE a lot, so I’ve gotta use this photo and give credit to ©Disney

5. Mission: SPACE

Availability Score = 5 out of 11

Time Savings Score = 6 out of 11

Satisfaction Score = 7.1 out of 11

Another semi-controversial pick here at number five with Mission: SPACE. If you struggle with motion sickness or small spaces, ignore this entry altogether. But if you can handle those things and are a space geek (I happily include myself in that list), Mission: SPACE is a decent choice. It will only sometimes book up for the day a few hours before closing. It isn’t incredibly popular, though, so you’ll probably only save something like 10 minutes compared to standby.

 

Just going to casually keep dropping photos of my family avoiding waits. Subliminal message: You don’t really need Genie+ at EPCOT.

6. Spaceship Earth

Availability Score = 7 out of 11

Time Savings Score = 5 out of 11

Satisfaction Score = 6.3 out of 11

Spaceship Earth almost never sells out of Genie+ availability, so it’s not prioritized quite as high as Mission: SPACE, which sometimes does sell out an hour or two before closing. And the time savings compared to standby is almost identical, hovering around 10 minutes.

If you’re at EPCOT on a high crowd day and already in the area with a reservation to spare, chances are you can pick this one up and use it immediately, avoiding whatever standby line exists. I’d call this a reservation to use opportunistically as time allows.

 

Living with the Land? Must-do. Living with the Land via Genie+? Don’t do.

7. Living with the Land

Availability Score = 9 out of 11

Time Savings Score = 7 out of 11

Satisfaction Score = 7.1 out of 11

For those keeping track at home, here’s where I draw the line of priorities really mattering. Any differences between the remaining attractions are really negligible. I’ll continue to rank them because … MATH, but if you’re still using Genie+ reservations at EPCOT at this point on the list, you’re in the very tiny minority. Often it’s not worth the hassle.

Living with the Land got some social media buzz in the past few weeks because it had some very unusual crazy long lines. I say very unusual on purpose. Despite the fact that it’s one of the most awesome attractions at WDW, it doesn’t typically draw large crowds of hyrdoponics fans. Weird. It keeps immediate availability basically all day, won’t generally save you a lot of time, and has a disappointing satisfaction score. The Becky advice: ride this ride, just don’t use Genie+ to do it, unless you walk up to the line, it happens to be long, it has immediate reservation availability and you happen to be able to make a reservation.

 

Duuuuuuude.

8. Turtle Talk with Crush

Availability Score = 6 out of 11

Time Savings Score = 11 out of 11

Satisfaction Score = 6.2 out of 11

Turtle Talk gets some help in the rankings here thanks to its somewhat lower availability than its peers. I attribute that to low capacity more than anything else. But really, using Genie+ here isn’t going to save you time.

 

Imagination Pavilion
It’ll probably be this empty whenever you visit to … ©Disney

9. Short Film Festival

Availability Score = 10 out of 11

Time Savings Score = 10 out of 11

Satisfaction Score = 5.4 out of 11

I will go on the record saying that you will never need Genie+ to access the Short Film Festival. Watch them on Disney+ at home. But, sneaky tip: Mickey has a meet and greet in this exact area too. And most people think you have to watch the films to see Mickey. You don’t! Just walk around the side and enjoy your Mickey time. Easiest way to see Mickey on property.

 

Terrible photo, excellent experience – little kid Becky meeting my purple hero.

10. Journey Into Imagination

Availability Score = 8 out of 11

Time Savings Score = 8 out of 11

Satisfaction Score = 11 out of 11

As a lifelong Figment fan (seriously, not an exaggeration), this one pains me. But I also agree with it. Journey into Imagination is a shell of its former self. And if you weren’t familiar with its former self, you still have to be okay with permeating skunk stench to enjoy this version of it. Shockingly, there are no large crowds of people wanting to experience that. You can pretty much always book it with immediately availability if you so choose. But even if you do, you might save something like 7 minutes compared to standby.

Becky anecdote of the day: I once took my 18-month-old on the ride while my husband waited outside because I demanded that she must experience Figment, no matter the cost. We got stuck in the skunk room for over 10 minutes. I cross my fingers every day that that memory is not the Disney memory that sticks with her for the rest of life.

 

Don’t use Genie+ for this, unless some operational issue has somehow resulted in crazy lines.

11. The Seas with Nemo and Friends

Availability Score = 11 out of 11

Time Savings Score = 9 out of 11

Satisfaction Score = 9.1 out of 11

Our final one here is the Seas with Nemo and Friends. Should you experience the main Seas tanks and exhibits while at EPCOT? 100% yes! Do you have to do the ride in order to access them? Nope! If you haven’t done it before, and/or have big Nemo fans in the group, then by all means go for it. But unless the attraction is having reliability issues, you won’t need to use Genie+ to do it.

What Does This Mean For You?

  1. With the addition of Remy to the Genie+ menu at EPCOT, more of an argument can be made to use it here. You can save significant time at Remy, Frozen, Test Track, and potentially Soarin’. But your best time-saving trick at EPCOT is still Early Entry. You can easily knock out Frozen and Remy before official park opening, and then you just have future world standby queues to contend with.
  2. Like at Animal Kingdom, there are many other activities, attractions and shows that score much higher in satisfaction than the majority of the Genie+ options. If you don’t purchase Genie+ and the crowds descend, spend your time exploring World Showcase. You can easily fill a whole day and not be stuck in queues.
  3. I originally called out that the opening of Guardians could throw off these numbers, and (correctly) predicted the conversion of Remy to Genie+. Things still might not go as I suspect the data will. So, I’ll keep my eyes on the data for another few weeks post-opening, and update this list as necessary.

Have you used Genie+ in EPCOT? Do you agree with these rankings or would yours be different? Let me know in the comments! And check back on the blog for similar lists for other WDW parks.

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Becky Gandillon

Becky Gandillon was trained in biomedical engineering, but is now a full-time data and analytics nerd. She loves problem solving and travelling. She and her husband, Jeff, live in St. Louis with their two daughters and they have Disney family movie night every Saturday. You can follow her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/becky-gandillon/ or instagram @raisingminniemes

11 thoughts on “Genie+ Priorities at EPCOT

  • April 15, 2022 at 7:14 pm
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    Nice article, as always. That’s two posts in three days. I hope you’re getting paid overtime!

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    • April 15, 2022 at 9:00 pm
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      Ha! Thanks for the feedback. Even better news – Hollywood Studios will post on Monday, followed by Magic Kingdom on Wednesday!

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  • April 16, 2022 at 5:09 pm
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    My guess is frozen is the one that will move to genie plus and remy will continue to be an extra paid one for a long time

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    • April 16, 2022 at 6:50 pm
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      Frozen has already moved to Genie+, so the question is really whether Remy will shift to Genie+ when GOTG opens (assuming it offers ILL), or if EPCOT becomes the only park with two ILL.

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  • April 16, 2022 at 10:03 pm
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    Love the Frozen pic of your family! Hilarious and cute! Thank you for sharing.

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  • May 29, 2022 at 9:59 pm
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    If using iLL for Guardians and G+ for Remy, which would you do first at straight up 7am?

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    • May 29, 2022 at 10:58 pm
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      Right now? Guardians for sure. Demand should be spread out enough between Test Track, Frozen Ever After and Remy that booking Remy “immediately” shouldn’t be necessary. When I go in July with my family, if I was using Genie+ (I’m not at EPCOT), my order of operations would be: Virtual Queue for Guardians, ILL for Guardians if that fails, then my first Genie+ selection.

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  • May 29, 2022 at 10:28 pm
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    This is very useful! I don’t want to get Genie + much less purchase ILL’s, but I appreciate the info. And the personal family stories and photos are awesome! It makes me feel like I *know* you. (Not in a creepy way.) I dearly love the Frozen ride “fail.” What were you trying to do? LOL!

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    • May 29, 2022 at 10:56 pm
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      Ha! The photo happens at a slight drop, and she hates getting her face wet. So my mom brain took over and kept her face from getting wet … even though it’s not that big of a drop anyway.

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  • May 31, 2022 at 12:51 pm
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    Nice updated post, as always.

    Since Remy only gets added to Genie+ today, how did you calculate its availability score? It’s easy to assume that everyone who bought an ILL for it will get a Genie+ for it if they can. And many people who wouldn’t buy an ILL for it will want to get a Genie+ for it. But how many? Why do you say Test Track will still be the availability leader? Is it pure guesswork or do you have some numbers to back it up?

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    • May 31, 2022 at 4:50 pm
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      We were making some well-informed guesses based on assumptions about supply and demand 😉 That being said, it sold out today well before we would have expected, so we’re going to see if that shifts over the next few days.

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